Our (as in everyone's) genitalia, unless medically different, has the most concentration of nerve endings than any other part of the body. It's one of the reasons kids notice this very sensitive part of the body when they begin to have physical self-awareness.
This typically happens before or around the time of potty training, which is when they are transitioning to other materials covering those areas of the body (from diaper to underwear) and it makes the sensations of those areas felt more prominently.
As kids develop more physical self-awareness, it's natural (and normal) for a child to explore their body and those areas in particular. We don't want to shame this self-exploration/self-pleasure because it is part of healthy development and builds body positivity.
Kids should learn the correct anatomical names of their private parts,...
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It's misunderstood and underreported. CSA (child sexual abuse) is thought to be a crime against girls, but it's also a problem faced by boys and it's grossly overlooked. We must speak up collectively and unanimously. Jeremy Indika is using his voice to do so and in a powerful way!
In this episode, we talk about Jeremy's story, how he confronted his abuser, what happened when he did, what it led to, and how that experience has moved him to continue being an advocate.
Jeremy's story is one of courage and defiance. It's a story of how we can look at our toxic masculinity culture and challenge it to dismantle it.
This episode is not just for male survivors, but for parents of children of all genders so we can all better understand how abuse can happen and how to protect ALL children.
I highly encourage you to check out all of Jeremy's work.
Jeremy is a male survivor of childhood sexual abuse. He spoke out for the first time when he was 27...
It's Women's History Month and March 8th is International Women's Day and I can't think of a better person to highlight than Dr. Daniela Ligiero, the CEO and co-founder of Together For Girls. She is a leader in the fight against violence against children and dismantling the taboos around the topic of sexual abuse against girls.
In this episode, you'll be inspired and motivated to take action! There are so many ways we can all help end sexual violence and how we, as survivors, can overcome our challenges and thrive!
We talked about Daniela's journey from survivor to thriver to warrior.
Daniela shared the many ways that Together for Girls is making a difference all around the world.
We discussed the different strategies we can all apply in our lives on micro and macro levels to end sexual violence.
We talked about what kind of support we all need to develop our own resiliency and determination to thrive and help prevent abuse for others.
And we spoke...
Today is the last day of January, and the end of Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month, but it's certainly not the last time I'll be talking about this issue this year.
In this episode I talk about:
• How I started learning about human trafficking
• Why trafficking IS a problem that will knock at your door in some way, shape or form if you're a parent or are a caring adult for other children in your life.
• Ways that kids can be trafficked from infant to teens
• How adults can be trafficked through dating sites
• Why we all need to band together to solve this problem
• Organizations you can support, through donations, volunteering or sharing about them.
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